STAFF volunteers and service users have this week been celebrating Galloway Southport’s 150th birthday.
The sight loss charity, based on Wright Street, hit the huge milestone this week after over a century and a half of service to blind and partially sighted people in the community.
With its roots based in Preston, the charity was first formed back in 1867 by John Catterall and Joseph Livesey who wanted better welfare for blind and partially sighted people across Lancashire
The work of the charity expanded throughout Lancashire with community workers visiting blind and partially sighted people to “instruct” them in various trades or skills.
Workshops were established, followed by a school, a residential home and even a hotel. Now, with their hub in Southport, the charity continue to boast huge successes in the resort and beyond.
Over the years, the work of Galloway’s has changed with the times and adapted to the needs of local people living with sight loss.
Stuart Clayton, Chief Executive of Galloway’s, commented, “Today, we’re extremely proud to support over 7,000 blind and partially sighted people every year across Lancashire and Sefton, through a wide range of high impact services.”
“Our work aims to support people through any stage of the sight loss journey including emotional and practical support at the point of diagnosis, specialist low vision clinics which aim to support people with everyday living, an extensive outdoor pursuit’s programme, social groups and much more.”
All services offered at Galloway’s work towards ensuring that nobody in the local community has to face sight loss alone or without the right support.
To find out more about supporting Galloway’s or how to access their services, please call 01524 414846.